The Association of Ringside Physicians has issued the following statement, recommending the indefinite suspension of all combat sports.
The Association of Ringside Physicians has actively followed the recommendations of the CDC and other professional medical societies concerned with the spread of COVID-19, or the new coronavirus.
Sporting events around the world have been canceled due to the increased risk of infection and transmission by participants, fans, officials and support staff.
We recommend that all combat sporting events be postponed until further notice. This includes all events, regardless of the number of people involved. Any combat sport taking place during this global pandemic places athletes, officials and everyone else involved in the event at unnecessary risk of Covid-19 infection and transmission. Additionally, combat sports athletes often require medical care after a fight, and we do not want to see additional pressure on an already overwhelmed medical system.
We continue to monitor this constantly evolving situation and we are always thinking of those who have been and will be affected by this disease.
Our organization remains faithful to our mission: to serve, protect and educate all those involved in combat sports.
The statement comes after new reports from WWE and the UFC that it plans to continue hosting new events amid the coronavirus pandemic. WWE has announced that SmackDown will continue this week, and payment for the Money In The Bank session is expected to continue on May 10. UFC Dana White also spoke to TMZ and said he was on the verge of securing a private island so that the MMA giant could still host weekly fights.
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